Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam––a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.
To promote wellness, Wilshire Spa gathers earthly elements believed to have healing properties, designs entire rooms around them, and then heats them to soothing temperatures. Cozy quarters lined with mineral salt help enhance the skin's oxygen absorption, whereas rooms of pure onyx are designed to improve metabolism and relieve muscle stiffness. The mid-temperature charcoal room, meanwhile, provides a quiet space in which to meditate and detoxify, and surrounds patrons with yellow ocher imported from Korea. After spending time in each room, guests can reinvigorate themselves or test the resolve of their mood ring by plunging into a cold bath.
The spa further encourages renewal through massages and facials. Its signature massage combines a Korean full-body scrub, a Swedish-inspired mineral-oil massage, and a shampoo and conditioning treatment for the hair, as well as a cucumber facial mask and warm dip in a milk bath. The decor also serves up tranquility: Renaissance-style murals and an abundance of pink orchids create a sense of calm, and the women's lounge area features pale-green walls crisscrossed by white outlines resembling trees.
Though its name stems from its signature service, Touch Massage has recently expanded its focus to encompass a range of spa treatments and wellness services. Inside the spa, massage therapists ease muscular pain through long strokes and focused pressure during eight types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, and reflexology. They further encourage relaxation with add-ons such as aromatherapy oils, which blend scents of tangerine, pine, eucalyptus, basil, distilled Hawaiian sunshine, and peppermint. The staff also performs facials that rely on organic oils, deep-cleansing skincare products, and vitamin-infused solutions. To tend to clients’ joints as well as skin, the spa's two owners—both certified Pilates instructors—teach slow, rhythmic movements in Pilates Reformer classes. A trusted destination for great massages for 10 years, Touch recently relocated across the street, taking their shop from Beverly Hills to LA, and evolving into a destination of overall wellness. Take relaxation to another level thanks to their dedicated, underground parking making your visit that much easier.
Knobby bonsai trees and cacti sprout wildly in the front yard, corralled by a hand painted stone wall bearing tarot motifs and the studio's name, House of Intuition Healing Studio. Small painted symbols even grace a few of the steps leading up to the house, establishing a cosmic energy that extends into the house's private treatment rooms and spiritual boutique.
Inside, experienced healers provide counsel and insight as they administer tarot readings, I Ching, reiki, and clairvoyant readings. During aura readings, healers leverage their sense of intuition to pinpoint energies surrounding the body and light bulbs hovering above the head. They further delve into manifestations of self during past-life consultations, which explore patterns of experience.
In the boutique, crystals of all sizes and colors glint and shimmer under display lights. Some items, such as purifying bath salts, dressed magic candles, and anointing potions, are created by the studio's staff.
Ore-rich salt crystals mined from the Himalayas. Mud dug from the mountains of Korea's Chungcheong Jincheon region. Such substances, prized for their energizing and detoxifying powers, line the floors and walls of Crystal Spa's four mineral-therapy rooms constructed in the style of a traditional Korean jimjilbang. Beyond these natural therapies, the facility also maintains a designation as an Aveda Concept spa. This means that its practitioners use Aveda's plant-derived products during each massage, body treatment, and facial they perform. Further amenities include soft water fresh from the spa's filtration system, complimentary WiFi, multiple big-screen TVs, and a cinema-size viewing screen that plays sporting events, movies, and 42-hour vacation slideshows. The staff also serves select dishes from Korean restaurant Sohyang in a café replete with traditional low tables and floor-level seating.
A giant Buddha head greets every visitor to Sparadise La Brea, his wise eyes illuminated by flickering candlelight as a fountain babbles and simple greenery grows silently around him. This tranquil scene sets the mood for the entire spa, whose mission—much like the Buddha's—is to encourage visitors to reach a Zen-like state free from stress and physical pain.
The staff members work towards this goal with a slate of massage modalities and other relaxing treatments. Gentle Swedish strokes soothe surface tension with the help of warm almond, lemongrass, or eucalyptus massage oils, Thai yoga uses stretches, compressions, and gentle rocking to improve circulation and flexibility while also targeting acupressure points, and water-heated stones allow warmth to radiate and loosen taut muscles. With an emphasis on total-body relaxation, the Thai herbal foot spa includes a fragrant soak of herbs, oils, and teas that leaves the feet and legs as tension-free as a suspension bridge on the Moon.